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Sister Lucille Geisinger, Benedictine for 55 years

Sister Lucille Geisinger, 77, died peacefully Nov. 20 at St. Scholastica Monastery after a long illness.

Sister Lucille (Jeanette) was born on Aug. 14, 1937, in Maple Lake, the third of Alfred and Isabelle (Windolph) Geisinger’s four children. She was in her 55th year of monastic profession.

At age 7 she was taken to Gillette State Hospital for Crippled Children in St. Paul to begin her five-year “home” life as an inpatient.

Sister Lucille states in her book, “Varmints in my Vinegar Cup,” “this hospitalization so profoundly influenced my subsequent life” that upon graduation from high school she came to the College of St. Scholastica to pursue a career in medical records.

During her first two years at the college she became aware of an internal searching for something more than a “career”; she felt “the Christ within” inviting her to join the Benedictine community. She entered the community in 1957, made her first monastic profession in 1959, her perpetual monastic profession in 1962.

Sister Lucille taught at the elementary school level for six years.

During the late 1960s, Sister Lucille was diagnosed with acute rheumatoid arthritis, at which time she was advised to move to a warmer climate, so from Chicago, where she had been the assistant chief of medical records at Hines Veterans Administration Hospital, she moved to Phoenix, where she continued her health care ministry for 16 years, writing and tutoring college students from Arizona State University.

She returned to St. Scholastica Monastery in 2002 as director of the spiritual resource center for 10 years. Sister Lucille was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Charles Geisinger. She is survived by her two sisters, Patricia Starboard of El Paso, Texas, and Frances Carbajal of Tucson, Ariz., numerous nieces, nephews and her monastic community. Mass of Christian Burial was Nov. 25. The Rite of Committal to the Earth was at Gethsemane Cemetery.

Memorials to St. Scholastica Monastery are preferred.